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High school students get their first aviation lesson

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Preparing young students for success in their career of choice takes more effort than ever before. Students knowing the career path they're destined for are another story.

ROTC cadets from Hancock County spent their Saturday morning learning a lesson they can carry for a lifetime.

The lesson was to dream, and know that your dreams can come true. Coming from a military household, that's exactly what freshman student Sylas Stapley knows and is prepared for.

"My parents are an inspiration to me to join the military and to look forward in a career ahead for me," Sylas said.

Although tenth grader Riverhue Mabanta has only lived in the U.S. for two years, he also fell in love with the military culture and what it has to offer him. That same love for the military is what has allowed him to lead programs like this aviation lesson. He wants his peers to learn.

"The fact that I can lead these kinds of projects, I can lead these people to show them what we actually do in ROTC, what we try to accomplish," Riverhue says.

He is a second year young eagle leading young cadets from Biloxi on their first flight lesson. He says his mission is to have students leave with a bigger passion for aviation.

"I just hope that it will spark interest in them to be a pilot some day, or be in air traffic control, something that pertains to aviation."

Students like Sylas plan to do just that, with confidence.

"To be confident in myself to know that being a pilot is a wonderful thing and to keep chasing your dreams, no matter what life throws at you. Just keep chasing, and reach your goal by flying high," Sylas said.

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